A few weeks ago I started a three week journey that began in Brooklyn.
Mom (that would be me) hadn’t seen her big baby boy since Christmas- so off I went flying the not so friendly skies squeezing into tight seats next to really large people and watching a very persistent Chinese man insisting that ALL of his and his family’s luggage could (and should) go into the overhead compartment until a plain clothed Air Marshall (thank you Lord) got up and threw his ass (and his family’s asses) off.
The wife looked brow-beaten and the two children war torn (Dickhead-Prick-Motherfucker’s come in many flavors and languages my friends).
The ride was bumpy.
The landing wet.
And the cab driver smelly.
But, my Boy was on the other end- right?
So, after I arrived at my fancy hotel (only to be led around an “Under Construction” lobby, d-o-w-n a flight of stairs because no elevator was available in the dark recess of this basement corner, through a dark narrow hallway winding about ladders and paint cans and electrical wires, around a corner and up a service elevator to a 6th floor temporary front desk setup in a 15 square foot guest suite) I was told my room wasn’t ready.
Of course it wasn’t.
In an attempt to not kill anyone, and avoid Ben having to, yet again, engage legal council, I had them store my luggage, smiled sweetly, took an entire bottle of wine from their complimentary one-glass-only kitchenette, and went for a walk, picking up a hot pretzel on the way.
Fifteen minutes later I was enjoying a late afternoon respite on a park bench (totally illegal but that’s what Gucci bags are for- right?) and amid all the garbage, graffiti, filthy windows in dilapidated buildings, and Williamsburg down-on-their-luck hipsters, saw a bit of familiar in a tree.
And it was beautiful, yet struggling, a little pissed-off, leaning to the left, but a survivor.
Chase saw the resemblance…
|I’m not sure what this is.
I mean the tree.
Is it a dogwood, wisteria, crepe myrtle, purple pot hazicus?
|This is a common pink Moss rose
Communis Centifolia Muscosa
that grows everywhere in Brooklyn-